Entry-Level Capital Habeas Attorney Position - Georgia Resource Center

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Job location
303 Elizabeth St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Georgia Resource Center
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Georgia Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law office established in 1988 to provide free, high quality representation to indigent death-sentenced Georgia prisoners in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings challenging their capital convictions and death sentences.

Role and Responsibilities
As part of the defense team, the attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings, including: identifying habeas issues and related investigative and expert needs, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and briefs; working with investigators and experts; conducting investigations and depositions; preparing expert and lay witnesses for and presenting evidence at state evidentiary hearings; appearing in court for other hearings and oral argument; and providing legal and investigative assistance to pro bono attorneys.

Salary & Commitment
A three year commitment is requested. Salary commensurate with experience, within the scope of Georgia Resource Center’s public interest salary capacity. Benefits include but are not limited to 100% premium paid health, dental, vision insurance.


• Excellent legal research and writing skills.
• Internships/Externships demonstrating a commitment to public interest law.
• Post-conviction, appellate, and/or capital legal experience is preferred.
• Knowledge of legal issues involving mitigation topics such as mental illness, intellectual disability, and trauma.
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
• Demonstrated commitment to indigent defense and sensitivity to the influence of class and race factors on the criminal justice system.
• Ability to develop and maintain relationships with death-sentenced clients and their families.
• Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks.
• Member of the Georgia Bar or willing to seek admission at the earliest opportunity.
• Limited travel is required.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, professional references and brief writing sample to Mary Shellman at [email protected]. Position will remain open until filled.

The Georgia Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.